US Rep Shea-Porter Joins Bipartisan Coalition Supporting Supplemental COPS Funding to Prevent Gun Violence
80 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle call for additional funding in Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) joined a bipartisan coalition of 80 colleagues in a letter to House leadership urging the inclusion of increased funding for the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program to help prevent gun violence.
“In the wake of the recent shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek and too many other communities, it’s critical that law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to prevent gun violence,” said Shea-Porter. “The COPS Hiring Program does exactly that, and that is why I’m proud to add my name to this bipartisan letter. I hope that any compromise to continue funding the Federal Government includes supplemental funding for this measure to help keep our communities safe.”
The COPS Hiring Program provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. According to the Hamilton Project, there are over 50,000 fewer law enforcement officers on the streets today than in 2008 due to the budgetary limitations of state and local governments. This limits the ability of law enforcement agencies to combat gun violence and other crimes. Fortunately, the COPS program provides a mechanism for the Federal Government to address this shortfall by allowing for the hiring of additional officers.
This week, the House plans to vote on a Continuing Resolution that includes no additional funding for the program. In his recommendations to Congress, President Obama called for supplemental $4 billion appropriation for the program.